Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts

Price guide: Mid-range

Rue de la Régence 3, Brussels, 1000

Price guide: Mid-range

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By Emma Thomson, your Brussels expert

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Expert overall rating:4.9 out of 5
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Best for Culture - Expert review of Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts

Best-stocked art gallery in Europe.

The Royal Arts Museum is made up of the Musée d’Art Ancien (Museum of Ancient Art) and Musée d’Art Moderne (Museum of Modern Art). Spanning seven centuries, it forms one of the most complete collections in Europe.

It is particularly praised for it’s collection of paintings by the Flemish Primitive artists that were active between the 15th and 16th centuries. Look out for masterpieces like: Rogier van der Weyden’s ‘Portrait of Anthony of Burgundy’, ‘The Justice of Emperor Otto the Ordeal by Fire’ panels by Dieric Bouts, Hans Memling’s ‘The Martyrdom of Saint Sebastian’ and ‘The Census at Bethlehem’ painted by perhaps the best Primitive of them all, Pieter Brueghel the Elder.

For works produced after the 18th century, cross over to the Musée d’Art Moderne. Here you’ll find: the famous ‘Death of Marat’ by Jacques-Louis David, Fernand Khnopff’s ‘Caresses’, James Ensor’s chilling ‘Shocked Masks’, works by Surrealist Paul Delvaux and Impressionists Théo van Rysselberghe and Henry van de Velde.

Do allow for the fact that certain areas may be closed off for renovation and that some paintings may be removed for maintenance.

Price advice: 

Adult 8 euros; children free. Free entry is also granted with the Brussels Card or by using four vouchers from The Must of Brussels booklet — see Brussels insider tips. Audio guide costs 4 euros.

Expert tips: 
You can visit the museum for free every first Wednesday of the month between 1pm—5pm.

More information on Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts:

Price guide:
Art gallery
Rue de la Régence 3, Brussels, 1000
+32 2 508 32 11
Months open:
All year round
Opening times:
Tues—Sun 10am—5pm, closed Mon, 1 January, 1 May, 1 and 11 November, 25 December.

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